Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Oct 17, 2014

Top Dog

Rod Clement
Angus & Robertson [HarperCollins]
ISBN: 9781460702130           RRP: $24.95

So this is a day in the life of a modern CEO? The cover is a give-away; a well-trimmed poodle in a smart suit coat. Beyond that Samson is a typical top dog business executive - or is he just a pandered to pet? Poodle is boss and dog is to be obeyed. Is it like this in your house? This wonderful satire couches some clever lines in canine references: Samson loves to chew over these things in meetings; and reward good staff with a good pat on the head. The contradictory humour in the illustrations is hilarious; playful mockery at its best for all readers above three.